Democratic presidential front-runner
Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday said that county clerks who
object to issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples should
follow the law or resign.
Clinton made her remarks at a campaign
event at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.
During a Q&A session, a student
asked, “What would you do about somebody if they were to do
something like what Kim Davis did recently?”
Davis is the elected clerk of Rowan
County, Kentucky who was jailed for 5 days for refusing to comply
with the Supreme Court's June ruling striking down gay marriage bans
in all 50 states. She has said that issuing marriage licenses to gay
couples would violate her conscience.
“I think what happened to Kim Davis
was the right thing,” Clinton
“She violated the law, and therefore
she was arrested. I actually think that she was treated as she
should have been treated. … You either enforce the law or you
resign,” she added.
Davis has refused to resign and
continues her legal fight to be exempt from the law.